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Belmont's title defence will go down to the wire, says Hamilton

By David Mason

Belmont's Davy Hamilton believes tomorrow's showdown with Ballymena could be a title-defining moment for both clubs.

Dunbarton head the Private Greens League Division One table by four points but, crucially, have played two games more than their championship rivals.

After 11 starts, only one and a half points separate Ballymena and Belmont, who lifted the trophy last season for the first time since 2000.

With Dunbarton favourites to haul in a full quota of points at home to Ewarts tomorrow, it puts extra significance on the action at Ballymena.

"It's a big game, there is no doubt about that," admitted Hamilton.

"Dunbarton may have played a couple of games more, but they are still very much in the equation and by all accounts they have an easier run-in than both ourselves and Ballymena.

"We came from under the radar last season to win the title on the final day of the season. It could well go down to the last day again."

Meanwhile, Aidan Reid, Alistair Steele and Willie McCaw will attempt to turn back the clock in the Provincial Bowling Association Championships at Ballymoney tonight.

They last picked up the trophy in 2009, but face a head-on confrontation with their Ballymena colleagues Brian Hughes, Nicky McCaw and Brian McAlary before they can contemplate their second successive final.

Tonight, Fours: J Shepherd, G Smith, P Wallace, M Wilson (Cookstown) v M Trimby, E Sands, L McHugh, D McElroy (Cookstown). Senior Fours: S Corscadden, V Blair, R Brown, W Moore (Limavady) v E Doherty, P Curran, W McGeehan, J Hegarty (Letterkenny). Singles: B Kane (Dunluce) v D Walker (Ballymoney). Triples: A Reid, A Steele, W McCaw (Ballymoney) v B Hughes, N McCaw, B McAlary (Ballymoney). Junior singles: JP Fahy (Portrush) v M McKeown (Dunluce).

Tomorrow, NIPGL Division One: Ulster Transport v Pickie, Dunbarton v Ewarts, Ballymena v Belmont, Old Bleach v Larne, NICS v Mossley.

NIBA Division One: Whitehead v Balmoral, Banbridge v Donaghadee, Portadown v Dundonald, Dromore v Bangor, Lisnagarvey v Divis.

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